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michalgolan-alamodestb I haven’t done a black and white photo series in a long time, and I know I should do it more often if I really do believe that 90s Guess ads are what I worshiped growing up! I’m currently wearing my favorite dress with Cathedral-like stained glass pattern paired with lovely jewelry designed by Michal Golan. Pardon my hair here! It is in its “no poo” glory!

Michal Golan has really beautiful jewelry. What I like best about it is its themes and the intricacy involved in every piece. She’s made several designs of the Hamsa, the evil eye, the cross, the Star of David, and other Jewish symbols to name a few. Born in Israel, Michal preserves history and culture through the symbols incorporated within her jewelry, and this is what makes every piece worth more than mass produced adornments dabbling in similar themes.

My necklace has a large Hamsa pendant covered with Swarovski crystals and glass. You may know that this symbol represents good luck, happiness, or protection, but what you may not know is that just like the Swastika, this symbol appears in so many different religions and cultures—including the big three: Islam, Christianity, Judaism. The Hamsa in Islam is called Hand of Fatima. In Christianity, it is called Hand of Mary. In Judaism, it is known as the Hand of Fatima. Whatever the original source, the meaning is usually the same and is associated with goodness. The evil eye on the other hand is its opposite, and the Hamsa protects against it.

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Though I haven’t worn much jewelry lately due to avoiding metals to encourage free flowing energy between the earth and myself, I do enjoy the occasional adornments from beautiful pieces like Michal’s!

Do you have a favorite symbol(s)? What does it represent?

 

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To add a little bit of color to these photo series, below are shameless selfies wearing Michal Golan on two different occasions ;-) As you can see, I wear my bangs like curtains on my forehead whenever I feel like it!

Wearing: Michal Golan Hamsa necklace & Michal Golan earrings from the Sky Collection

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Here is a series of photos with two preppy fashion handbags of the same exact style. I love the golden accents, zipper, and tassels on these bags from Purse Obsession! The straps shorten and lengthen depending on whether you want to wear this as a handbag, shoulder bag, or crossbody—a plus! The sun and spike necklaces are from Born Pretty, and the outfit was a gift from my dear mom from her trip the Philippines <3

When you can’t decide what color or style is cuter on something and the price is a steal ($25 for both bags and $8 for both necklaces!), sometimes you just have to get both! ;-) Oh, and here’s more—you can use this 10% off coupon code for all jewelry from Born Pretty with code “DAHT10.” You are welcome!

Stay cute and on budget.

xoxo,
Rachel

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There couldn’t have been a better place to spend my 27th birthday than at the first theme park in Maryland! It is also the second oldest theme park in the entire USA (the oldest being Disneyland). This wonderful place is called Enchanted Forest. It opened for the first time in 1955— and all without mechanical rides! Conveniently, this theme park also happens to now be located at our favorite farm, Clark’s Elioak Farm in Ellicott City, MD where we get out a lot of our grass fed products. I can’t recommend this place enough for both the sights and the food. This place is the only place where we’ve found sugar free sausage and bacon! Although Rob and I didn’t grow up knowing about this place, walking around Enchanted Forest was like being a child again!

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…only to be overcome by it.

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Tumbling down the hill with Jack and Jill enchanted forest clarksville ellicott city elioak farm maryland

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We also went to American Visionary Museum in Baltimore. I had been waiting to go for a while now, and I’m glad I got to see the Singularity exhibit. The theme was absolutely perfect for my obsession! We weren’t permitted to take photos at the museum, but below is the only exhibit where we were allowed to take photos and videos. It’s the “Flatulence” exhibit, which was interestingly enough placed right outside the bathroom! We also met the guy who made all that you see below. He was a cool guy. His necktie was made of glass. As you can see, the artwork behind him was also made of glass. He loves glass :)

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Links à la Mode: May 29

May 31st, 2014

This was a nice surprise for my 27th birthday! Thank you, thank you, thank you IFB for choosing one of my posts on your weekly blogroll.  Please do check out other cool topics from the list of posts below!

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Style Secrets Revealed

There are so many “secrets” in the style industry. It’s all smoke and mirrors, or so they say. We’re here to put an end to that. As bloggers, we like to share those secrets often whispered between friends. No, not who you kissed at the party last night! What to pack on your trip, how to get your sunglasses fitted, what are the best pairs of black tights around, and heck, even compare your wardrobe to that of a woman living in the 1930′s.

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Although I am girly in a lot of ways, I do admire masculinity in women. Masculinity gets a bad rep in some conservative and religious communities, but if you look at these women in the photos below there is no doubt they are female. With the overabundance of estrogen in food nowadays, women could use a bit more testosterone in their bodies to balance out our hormones!

As you know, Blue Crush the movie and Roxy ads have long set the stage for what surfer girls should look like, wearing tiny bikinis that don’t realistically stay in place when riding major waves! I still prefer the surfer look with scuba suits or separates on women as I do with men. The words “tough,” “hardcore,” “serious” and “legit” come to mind when I see surfers in full clothing. I take them a bit more seriously as I do with individuals in other competitive sports. I know that may sound judgmental, but we can’t deny the reality that the same kind of thinking applies to how customers and coworkers view clothing around the workplace. It’s hard wired into our brains.

Enjoy looking through photos of lovely and talented surfer gals below that the Beach Boys’ wouldn’t give a pass:

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Photo sources: Click on photos above to go directly to photographers’ websites

A few vintage photos of surfer girls are below, because I cannot help but post vintage photos of everything I talk about :)

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Below are a few of my favorite quirky modest bathing suits from ModestSea, which are perfect for the active swimmer or surfer. Even if you’re not usually covered up on the beach, it’s nice to have water repellant clothing that is not a raincoat. I find that the best material for my workout clothes are the type that swimsuits are made of, without actually wearing a swimsuit! Water resistant material doesn’t cling to  skin easily when sweaty and hides whatever bulge you may have! PS Don’t you think the model below looks a lot like Natalie Portman?

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What do you think about these swimsuits and swim dresses—yay or nay?

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Although I haven’t consumed a bottle of bubbly in a long time due to avoiding sugar, I can’t help but share these wonderful Art Nouveau advertisements from the 1890s-1910s! Most of these are by the iconic Alphonse Mucha and some are from other wonderful artists such as Henri Privat-Livemont (above photo). Which one is your favorite?

Liqueur Bottles and Ladies’ Bodies

I do like the fact that Mucha emphasizes curves all over on his models’ bodies, on most if not all of his artwork (not just the alcohol ads). They’re obviously not today’s ideal body standards. Looking through art history is a good reminder that all types of body shapes have once been the perfect body type. It is nice to see that these women’s bodies could belong to any one of us today! If you’d like to see the above photo in its full bodied, belly out glory, you may do so.

Sounds Français?

If the word “champagne” sounds French to you, that is because you are correct. Champagne is sparkling wine originating from the Champagne region in France. So, if it’s not from France, technically it shouldn’t be called champagne! However in recent days, we’ve used the words “sparkling wine” and “champagne” interchangeably.

Pros and Cons

Champagne and some other types of wines are actually somewhat Paleo or Bulletproof diet in nature, because they are not made from grains. It is definitely gluten free. Although there are many, many health benefits to drinking champagne as they say (as red wine due to its antioxidants), let’s not forget that it is still a fructose drink. Consuming a lot will spike the blood sugar and cause you to break out or weaken your immunity in general. It is fine however in occasion if your body has not been greatly compromised, especially while celebrating… Happy Memorial Day!

 

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I am wearing a vintage hat, face silhouette top that looks so pop art, and “Gucci” style purse which are all on my Etsy if you are interested in purchasing them! The high waist skirt with suspenders sown on is from SammyDress, and I love it! I can’t get enough of high waist skirts.

So last month, I got to see Casper and the Cookies along with my brother’s band Balkan Falcon at the Windup Space in Baltimore. Kay Stanton was wearing the shirt below.

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Look familiar? I asked her where she got hers from, and she said at a thrift store in CA. Ha! I told her I found mine at a thrift store as well. It was truly bizarre to see someone else wearing a rare vintage shirt I haven’t seen on anyone else! I told her I’d stop a stranger on the street if I saw someone wearing something I have (or like), which I have done before… So if you’re a size small/medium and want this top, head over to my Etsy!

Do check the Casper and the Cookies out. They are awesome. If you remember, I included them on my Valentine’s Day mix playlist with a few other bloggers a few years back! Add C&C’s Jason & Kay to your cutest-couples-in-bands-together list. They’ve been married since 2000. Hallelujah…

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I was surprised to see that the crappy quality video I uploaded on Youtube of my live teaching for Bodyflow three months ago has racked up 25K views and 130 subscribers! I’m only saying this because I rarely put up videos on Youtube (let alone check my statistics), and I was just really thrilled to see mostly the comments and e-mails requesting that I make more workout videos! I really appreciate your responses! heart emoticon

I am currently going through my Yoga Alliance certification, so I am hopefully in the near future be making my very own originally choreographed material (this time, not with Les Mills and with my very own choice of music) and putting them up freely on Youtube!

Do you have favorite workout channel(s) on Youtube, yoga or not? What are they? Do share!

 

 

 

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